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Posted 4/21/2016

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By Jennifer Lynch
Arlington National Cemetery Public Affairs

Arlington National Cemetery announces the initiation of the Southern Expansion Project and Associated Roadway Realignment, and invites the public to attend a National Environmental Policy Act scoping meeting to learn more about and provide comments on the proposed project.

A public NEPA open-house scoping meeting will be held on April 27, 2016 from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at the Pentagon City Sheraton, 900 Orme Street, Arlington, VA 22204.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to prepare an Environmental Assessment on behalf of the cemetery. The Environmental Assessment will evaluate the proposal to increase the cemetery’s contiguous acreage, realign roadways, and maximize burial space by utilizing an area adjacent to the existing cemetery, formerly known as the Navy Annex site, located south of the existing cemetery, in Arlington, Virginia. The cemetery has been working with the owners and operators of the adjacent road network, Arlington County and the Virginia Department of Transportation, to pursue a roadway realignment and land exchange agreement that will also support the short- and long-term multimodal transportation system for the Commonwealth of Virginia and Arlington County.

Scoping comments may be provided at the meeting and/or submitted to the cemetery and the Corps of Engineers, at SouthernExpansion@usace.army.mil or by mail to Ms. Kathy Perdue, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Norfolk District, 803 Front St., Norfolk, VA 23510, until May 31, 2016.  The website for the project may be accessed at: www.nao.usace.army.mil/missions/militaryconstruction/ANCSouthernExpansion.  If you need more information or require special assistance for persons with disabilities or limited English proficiency, please contact Ms. Kathy Perdue at (757) 201-7218.

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